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Cottage Art: Upper Thumb Cottage Road Signs

The Cottage Art of Michigan’s First Scenic Highway

Cottage ArtIf you’re diving along M-25 along the coast of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay in the Upper Thumb you may start to notice a version of “cottage art” that typically gets overlooked. These little gems of folksy creativity signal of what lays beyond and out of reach for those who are not invited guests. Yet these symbols of “welcome here” are colorful enjoyment to the passing eye hurtling down the ribbon of pavement at 60 MPH.

Sign art for the cottage or cabin is a Michigan tradition that has a useful purpose. Many time travelers watch for these signs like a sailor watches for a lighthouse. When travelling at highway speeds these signs are the only thing that catches the eye. 

Here is a small sample between Caseville and Sleeper State Park.

Do you have a favorite? If so send a shot of your cottage sign to contact@thumbwind.com. We will post it in a future edition. 

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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

8 Responses

  1. Jb1027 says:

    Fun examples. “Empty Pockets” has long been a favorite of our visitors .

  2. tina says:

    Sandy Toes is too cute!!!!! Love looking at all of these signs while driving.

  3. mlblogscpogk says:

    New resident to Caseville. The name “Sandy Toes” was an idea of my wife. Designed by my brother Mark and my Sister in-law Ann.

  4. mlblogscpogk says:

    New resident to Caseville. The name \”Sandy Toes\” was an idea of my wife. Designed by my brother Mark and my Sister in-law Ann.

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